LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Jan. 19, 2018) -- Unveiled today during the 2018 SCCA® National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Sports Car Club of America® announced creation of a new Time Trial Nationals event that joins the ranks of the National Championship Runoffs®, Solo Nationals, RallyCross National Championship and Unites States Road Rally Challenge.
Scheduled to take place Sept. 28-30 at NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the Time Trial (TT) Nationals will open with a full day of track lapping sessions for testing and practice, or can be used for participants to earn their TT novice license permit.
Heyward Wagner, SCCA's Director of Marketing and Experiential Programs, said, "If you've never participated in a TT event before, people can come out Friday and earn a TT novice permit. That will let them compete the rest of the weekend and, if everything goes well, receive an SCCA TT license by the end of the weekend."
The second day of TT Nationals will open with 20-minute seeding sessions used to determine run groups and orders, followed by a traditional time attack in the afternoon where drivers get one warm-up lap, then have a single lap to post their best time.
For the final day of TT Nationals, NCM Motorsports Park will be divided into sections for point-to-point runs. Each competitor will have multiple chances to put down their best time on the shortened segments of track.
Wagner said a committee consisting of SCCA members and national staff is currently constructing a rules set for TT Nationals, as well as addressing car classes for the event. Fourteen classes are being considered and include slots for vintage cars and electric vehicles.
"This year we aim to establish SCCA as the leader in amateur Time Trials competition in the United States," Wagner said. "Additionally, we will look to generate an event format for the TT Nationals that can be adopted in whole or parts by regions for their TT events. We want to help regions see how TT can be a useful tool for drawing automotive enthusiasts to the Club to have fun with cars."
Mike Cobb, SCCA President & CEO, said partnering with the SCCA for the TT Nationals will be Mobil 1, Koni, Hawk and the NCM Motorsports Park.
"With the help of partners and an experienced group of SCCA members, I'm sure the TT Nationals will grow to be another gem in our Club's championship crown," Cobb said. "To some degree, TT Nationals combines the Runoffs with Solo Nationals. There will be competition, there will be comradery, and there will be plenty extracurricular social activities."
Announcement of the TT Nationals comes on the heels of the recent rebranding of a group of activities existing between autocross and road racing, activities that occur on closed courses but do not involve door-to-door competition. This group of activities, which were once all bundled under the Time Trials banner, now each have a separate identity within the SCCA. Moving forward, all on-track, competitive, timed events will be branded as Time Trials (TT). Non-competitive events will be branded as Track Events (TE), and Hillclimbs remain unchanged. This rebranding, however, does not impact how divisions or regions run programs.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 5, 2018) -- The Sports Car Club of America® offers an array of motorsport activities to satisfy the passions of nearly any automotive enthusiasts. Recently, the SCCA® Board of Directors approved rebranding efforts for a group of activities existing between autocross and road racing, activities that occur on closed courses but do not involve door-to-door competition.
This group of activities, which were once all bundled under the Time Trials banner, now each have a separate identity within the SCCA. The decision to rebrand, made after receiving input from the Divisional Time Trials Committee and members of the national staff, is meant to clarify SCCA programs and follows in the footsteps of similar efforts conducted earlier in 2017 rebranding Solo as SCCA Autocross and Club Racing to SCCA Road Racing.
Lee Hill, Chairman of the SCCA Board of Directors, said, "Those already involved in SCCA have an understanding of all the Club's motorsports activities. But we've heard for a long time that outsiders have trouble understanding all the different ways they can be involved and have fun with our Club because the nomenclature we use can be confusing. So, we embarked on a mission to clarify the names of several programs so others find our Club culture easier to understand and more inviting."
Moving forward, all on-track, competitive, timed events will be branded as Time Trials (TT). Non-competitive events will be branded as Track Events (TE), and Hillclimbs remain unchanged. This rebranding, however, does not impact how divisions or regions run programs.
An additional goal for rebranding is to make it easier for those unfamiliar with motorsports to better comprehend certain activities and feel more comfortable engaging in those activities through SCCA regional events. The new terminology is also designed to build a clear pathway from one SCCA activity to another.
Photo Credit: Geoff Bolte
PORTLAND, Ore. (Jan. 2, 2018) – Event promoter Friends of PIR announced today the supporting races for the 58th annual Rose Cup Races, taking place July 13 to July 15 at Portland International Raceway (PIR). Four support race groups will join four race groups from the Pirelli World Challenge, North America’s top GT production-based road racing sports car series, which is returning to PIR following a 13-year hiatus.
A sanctioned event of the Portland Rose Festival, the Rose Cup Races is the premier amateur road racing event in the Pacific Northwest, featuring racing competitors from both the Oregon Region Sports Car Club of America and the Cascade Sports Car Club.
The 2018 four supporting race groups include:
These four amateur race groups will augment the four professional race groups that feature all seven of the Pirelli World Challenge professional racing classes, which will compete in doubleheader Saturday/Sunday races: two 60-minute GT SprintX events, two 60-minute GTS SprintX races, two 40-minute Touring Car (TCR and TCA) and two 40-minute TC Car contests (TC). Over 100 Pirelli World Challenge cars and drivers are expected for the event.
The Rose Cup Races weekend will feature practice and qualifying on July 13, and racing events on July 14 and July 15. Tickets for the event will go on sale no later than March 15; visit PortlandRaceway.com or follow @PortlandRaceway on social media for the latest information.
Learn more about the Rose Cup Races and all the 2018 events taking place at PIR – including the latest for sponsorship, ticketing and hospitality offerings – at the PIR booth at the Portland International Auto Show, Jan. 25 to Jan. 28 at the Oregon Convention Center.
The Rose Cup Races was the first major event ever held at PIR in 1961 and has taken place annually ever since. Learn more at RoseCup.com and follow @RoseCupRaces on social media (#RoseCup2018 #RoseCup58 #RoseCupRaces).
Who is Derrick Ambrose?
I am a business owner who has been in running CorkSport a Mazda performance company since 1998 here in the Portland area. I have participated in almost everything the Oregon region offers from rally cross, autocross, and road racing through the years. I figured it was time to give back to the local club who has afforded me the opportunity to race. The only thing missing is TSD which I hope to resolve at some point. If you are like me and recognize people by the cars they race then my past racecars have included a Silver Mazda 2 B-Spec, a White Mazda 3 sedan, and most recently a red Spec Miata.
My goal for this year it to get increase attendance in the demographic range of 18-26 auto enthusiasts which are noticeably missing from road racing events. TNIA has helped this but I feel we are still lacking a bit after seeing how large the attendance is in the TNIA in other regions and I haven’t seen much cross over in the paddock.
Hello to the Oregon region membership @large from your Director 1..(Aaron Bucci #73 silver VP2). I hope everyone is having a great holiday season! And I hope your cars are ready for 2018!
My Z is still in pieces , but not for long.
I would like to get everyones feed- back on the Banquet..?
Please let me know your thoughts, hopes , concerns maybe for next year @ ( bucciracing @ gmail.com) .
Also looking forward to some more good TNiAs for 2018..
Congrats to the Board members for stepping up...
2017 Oregon Region Awards Recipients
Vintage Driver of Year S.Twomey / M. Smith
Inspirational Driver of Year Scotty B. White
Regional Driver of Year Tony Opheim
National Driver of Year Todd Harris
Novice Driver of Year Matthew Butson
Norton Gaston Gary Frasier
Crew Chief of the Year Will Schrader
Regional Worker of the Year Doug James
Steward Appreciation Dwain Panian
2017 Western Conference Champions
American Sedan - Kevin Smith
GT-Lite - Bill Okell
GT-3 - Collin Jackson
Touring 4 - Derrick Ambrose
Westfield Vintage Series Champions
VP1 - Scott Twomey
VP2 - Mike Smith
VP3 - John Grant
VFSR - Ron Emmerson
Westfield Cup - Vintage Driver of the Year - Scott Twomey/Mike Smith (tie)
2017 Oregon Region Class Champions
CP-1 - Frank McKinnon
Formula C - Wade Carter
Formula A - Tony Opheim
GT-1 - Ernie Spada
ITS - Adam Achepol
Prototype 2 - Jason Perkins
SPU - Steve Middendorf
Touring 4- Derrick Ambrose
Spec Racer Ford 3 -
1 Randy McAyeal
2 Anson Pfaff
2 Calvin Harris
Spec Miata -
1 Will Schrader
2 Eric Jones
3 Gary Bockman
Thanks to the continued support of our drivers, sponsors, supporting race series (such as GASS and the Spec Miata Challenge) and our new Club Trial program the 2017 road racing season was profitable.
As for our drivers, thank you for continuing to choose Oregon Region SCCA to spend your dollar and your time with. Over the four 2017 race weekends we averaged 78 entries between triple, double and single entries. Our lowest number of entries was the June weekend at 50 and our most successful weekend was the Super Tour in May with 121 entries. August and April weekends turned out 75 and 67 entries respectively.
The support of our sponsors is so important and very much appreciated. From the Loud Pedal and website advertisers to those who sponsor a race group or weekend your financial support makes a big difference. If you are reading this and have not thought of sponsoring or making a donation before, please do so. Even a small donation of $50 from 10 people will change the bottom line and can keep us doing what we all love to do.
We have been very lucky to have supporting series such as GASS, the Spec Miata Challenge and Formula Car Challenge choose Oregon Region SCCA for one or more of their race events. These groups bring a lot of entries and dollars to our region. GASS supported the August event by paying a flat amount for their own run group. Spec Miata Challenge put two Oregon Region events on their schedule and they had a great showing of drivers. The Formula Car Challenge has been a consistent supporter for the last few years by joining us for our majors weekend.
The 2017 season was our pilot year for Club Trial and we were surprised and happy to see it brought in $4000 from entries over three weekends. Club Trials give track day enthusiast or licensed racers the chance to drive on track and race against the clock. This could be you needing an extra session in your race car or your mechanic getting a chance to drive on track and take a break from the long day or maybe you just bought a new car and want to test it out. For only $150 you get three 20 minute sessions!
We are looking forward to another successful racing season. PIR has confirmed our dates for 2018. We are scheduled to be on the same weekends as we ran in 2017.
April 14, 15 Regional
May 19, 20 Super Tour
June 9, 10 Regional
August 10, 11, 12 Regional
We hope you can join us for the end of the season party on November 18 to celebrate our workers and championship winners!
Road Racing Director
The 2017 Wemme Trophy for excellence and service to the sport of Vintage Racing was awarded to Dave Franks of Durham, Oregon.
Franks is well-known in the vintage racing community, and is a regular participant in SCCA, SOVREN, and other vintage racing events up and down the west coast.
Additionally, Franks is an SCCA steward, past board member of Oregon Region SCCA, and a member of SCCA's Vintage Committee.
On track, Franks is known for his sportsmanlike driving of his well-prepared 1967 Austin-Healey Sprite.
We have three regional events and one Super Tour event this year. Our first event is Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15. Yes, this is Easter weekend. The reason is because it was the only weekend available in April at Portland International Raceway aside from the first weekend which conflicts with the San Francisco Region Majors event at Thunderhill. The April Double Regional schedule will allow for a Practice/Qualify/Race on Friday and a Qualify/Race on Saturday.
Our May 19-21 event is a Super Tour Majors. Our hope is that by having an earlier Majors event than previous years, we will see more support from those with a path to the National Runoffs.
Our June 10-11 event will be a Double Regional and we will finish our season with a Triple Regional on August 10-13.
NEW REGIONAL GROUPINGS
Due to lower car count for some classes which caused combined groups over the years we have assigned new group numbers.
2 SRF, SRF3
3 VFSR, VP1, VP2, VP3
4 AS GT1 GT2 GT3 ITE SPO SPM
5 T1 T2 PCA1 PCA2 PCA3 PCA4 SP911 SP944 B-Spec EP FP HP GTL STL STU T3 T4 CP1 CP2 CP3 ITA ITB
ITC ITJ ITR ITS PRO-3 SM5 SPU
6 P1 P2 FA FB FC FE FM ASR FS S2 SS2 FF FV F5 CF FST
ROAD RACING SUPPORT
We are adding a Time Trial (TT) to our April, June and August schedules. The TT is geared toward those who want to use their street cars (or track cars) in high speed, timed track sessions. Our April schedule will allow for three TT sessions on Saturday afternoon. Rules and schedule will be available early March on oregonscca.motorsportreg.com.
In an effort to keep our road racing program going, we will be asking our members for help. We have put together a sponsorship rate card that not only has many awesome benefits but helps our region tremendously. As a company or an individual, please consider sponsoring one or more of our road racing events. Thank you in advance for your support! (Link to: 2017 Sponsorship rate card)
Support race groups
We welcome and are excited to have support race groups during our road racing events. They make a big difference to our region financially and bring great people and great racing!
Formula Car Challenge (FCC) has been supporting the Oregon Region by attending one of our events for the last 7 years. We are looking forward to working with them at our May Super Tour event.
The NW Spec Miata Tour will join us for two events this year. We look forward to seeing them at our June and August events.
Great American Stockcar Series (GASS) has been supporting our region since 2013. GASS is back for our August Triple Regional event.
What an exciting line-up of races and competition! I am really looking forward to it. See you at the track!
Kristen Moore, Road Racing Director